As Iowa became the first state to resume high school sports this week, one baseball team took a stand by kneeling during the National Anthem.
The entire Roosevelt High School varsity baseball team took a knee as the National Anthem played at its season opener in Des Moines on Monday night. Team members said they did it to support the ongoing protests for social justice and racial equality.
Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks are just three of the victims of police brutality this year and protests in their honor continue across the country. As sports resume this summer, people are watching how athletes react to the national outcry when they go onto the field.
Athletes have been taking a knee during the National Anthem to stand against police brutality since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the movement in 2016.
One team member said “No disrespect to the flag. It’s simply to bring attention to the issues at hand, and I think we did the right thing.”